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Kids illegally fishing in Fitzroy River warned as 3m saltie spotted


A reminder for locals to take extra care around the Fitzroy River, after a 3 metre saltie was filmed on the bank near the Barrage, earlier this week.

Children have recently been spotted illegally fishing, just 20 metres from where the croc was spotted.

Rockhampton Regional Council has issued a warning for residents and visitors to be crocwise whenever they are near the water, in the known crocodile territory.

Acting mayor Neil Fisher says the Department of Environment regularly receives reports of sightings in the area.

“Although this crocodile has not displayed any threatening behaviour, we are urging people to be vigilant and practice crocwise safety,” Cr Fisher says.

“Crocodiles are a vital part of the Australian eco-system and are commonly found in waterways such as the Fitzroy River.

“This crocodile was filmed on the bank of the river opening its mouth and demonstrating normal crocodile behaviour.

Council has reported the sighting to the Department of Environment, which has advised it will monitor the animal, but says removal is not necessary as the croc hasn’t exhibited any dangerous behaviours.

Cr Fisher says the sighting should also act as a timely reminder for anyone illegally fishing at the Barrage fish ladder, to stop once and for all.

“Fishing is banned 400m upstream and 400m downstream of the Barrage to help preserve fish stocks.

“However, staying away from known crocodile habitat also seems like a pretty good reason to me.

“We’ve recently seen some children illegally fishing just 20m from where this croc was spotted, so please make sure you and your family are staying safe and not breaking the law.”